World-wide, production levels of fruit vegetables such as tomato and egg-plant can be increased by grafting them on vigorous rootstocks. In a number of other crops, such as pepper and cucumber, rootstocks can be used to prevent problems with soil-borne diseases. The benefits of using grafted transplants are now fully recognized worldwide, but understanding the rootstock-scion interactions under variable environmental conditions is vital for further grafting-mediated crop improvement.
Recently, an international team of experts in the area of vegetable grafting has compiled the latest scientific knowledge and insights in the book “Vegetable grafting: principles and practices”, edited by Giuseppe Colla, Francisco Pérez-Alfocea and Dietmar Schwarz. Furthermore, valuable practical information is provided on grafting methods and the establishment of grafted transplants in the field and in greenhouses. Researchers of the Business Unit Greenhouse Horticulture of Wageningen University & Research have contributed to this book by giving recommendations for the use of grafted plants as an effective tool for sustainable vegetable production in greenhouses.
This book provides an essential source of information for all researchers, technicians, practitioners and extension workers and can help to increase the production, quality and sustainability of grafted vegetable crops.